There are multiple routes into the life science industry – even without a degree. You could work in research and development, drug manufacturing, quality control or as a marketing manager. There's a demand for staff at every level and you could make a real difference making discoveries and affecting change.
The impact you could make
- Discover new drugs or technologies that improve global health care.
- Help Scotland achieve its net zero ambitions by developing alternative energy sources or fossil fuels.
- Ensure the sustainability of global food sources and animal health.
The opportunities within life sciences
In the fight against COVID-19, the industry has had a high public profile and a great need for a skilled workforce. It has contributed to the delivery of the biggest vaccination programme in the world – but it's not just about COVID-19. Life sciences is central to Scotland's fight against the climate emergency, precision medicine and using medical technology like Artificial Intelligence to improve our health service.
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I want to look back and know that I've made a difference- to myself and my skillset but also the patients that I see.
Trainee Clinical Scientist, WestMARC, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Explore life sciences jobs
We've pulled together some popular life science jobs for you to explore.
Some things you may not know about life sciences
What subjects to take
We've pulled together some examples of subjects that could be useful for getting into a life science career.
For most jobs, you might not need specific subjects. If your school does not provide all of these subjects or you're just unsure — do not worry. There are many more subjects you can explore by using the Option Choices tool or speaking to a careers adviser in your school.
What routes you can take
There are different options you can choose from after school. We've pulled together some of them to help you decide which is best for you.
Life science industry partners
Discover some of the partners within life sciences and find out how they're contributing to the industry.
Life Sciences Scotland
Life Sciences Scotland works with the Scottish Government, academia and health professionals to lead scientific work into economic growth.
IBioIC is a networking and support organisation that connects industry, academic and government to bring biotechnology processes and products to the global market.
Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance
Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) is a partnerships between 11 Scottish Universities that aims to advance Scotland's research and innovation in the life sciences.
Royal Society of Biology
The Royal Society of Biology is a voice for biology who advert government, influence policy and support education and professional development.